Meet the Founders & the Board

Dr. Charlie Farrell, Founder and President:

Dr. Farrell is a retired Vascular Surgeon. Dr. Farrell along with his daughter Rev. Katie Norris created the Foundation. He is an advocate and visionary for individuals and families impacted by Dementia. He is actively involved in all programs of the Foundation and speaks both nationally and locally on issues related to Dementia care.

Dr. P. Lal Arora, M.D., FRCPC:

Dr. Arora was born and raised in India. He completed medical school at Punjab University in India. His post-graduate training was in the United States. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Geriatrics, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. He has been a resident of Lorain county since 1977 where he practiced Pulmonary Disease, Internal Medicine and since 1995, the specialty of Geriatrics. He served as the Medical Director of Kendal at Home in Westlake, Ohio and is affiliated with Mercy Physicians, Inc, Lorain.

Rev. Dr. Joel Brence:

Joel Brence M.D., Dipl. theol. (Tubingen), Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Rev. Dr. Joel Brence is a retired psychiatrist, native of Lorain and resident of Lakewood, Ohio.  He and his wife Ursula and their two sons spent most of his career in Aspen, Colorado, where he had his psychiatric practice and lectured extensively on topics dealing with the intersection of psychology, religion and art. After his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s ten years ago, they spent four years in Slovenia. He has served as chairman of the department of psychiatry at St. Joseph Holo-Psychiatric Care Center 1983 to 1987. 

Rev. Dave Clements, MBA, MA, MDiv:

Dave has provided management leadership in human resources, business development and fundraising for small start-ups. His leadership has been in the launch of several companies and as a consultant to many industries. Dave holds an MBA and MA in Organizational Development and is the author of the book, “Riding the Wave, a Guide for Those Who Have Experienced Job Loss”. He received his MDiv degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School. He is the past Interim Minister of the Cape Town Unitarian Church, Cape Town, South Africa and is now the current interim minister of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria, Illinois.

Dorothy Faller, MSSA:

Dorothy worked in several leadership roles in a career that spanned four decades. She retired as President of Faller International Training in 2011. She previously was Secretary General of the Council on International Programs USA and Executive Director of the Cleveland International Program for 17 years. Dorothy helped found the social work Master’s Program in Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and taught there. She was selected to be an honorary life member of the Fullbright Association.

Brian Hricik:

Brian Hricik has been with KeyBank since 2017 where he serves as a Vice President and Lead Project Manager in the Technology and Operations Division. In his role, he helps to lead the planning, budgeting, monitoring and reporting of various large scale projects. Prior to working at KeyBank, Brian spent nearly 9 years working at National City Bank/PNC where he worked in their Chicago and Cleveland offices. Brian has an undergraduate degree in Communication Management and marketing from the University of Dayton. He also was a former Board Member of the Northeast Ohio Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Carmen Iditoiu:

Carmen is a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams. Her interest in the Foundation grew out of her responsibilities for caring for a parent affected by Dementia. Carmen is a working mom and enjoys tennis.

Kathy Kassimatis:

Kathy Kassimatis, RDCS, FASE, with 40 years of healthcare experience, has provided leadership in her role as Project Manager for the Cleveland Clinic Coordinating Center for Clinical Research. Her responsibilities included managing national and international cardiac research trials.  Prior to project management, Kathy held the position of cardiac sonographer at St. John Hospital, Lakewood  Hospital and Cleveland Clinic.  She currently volunteers biweekly in the Foundation’s dementia program and received training in the Benjamin Rose Foundation’s music therapy program. Kathy enjoys ice skating and skiing in her spare time.

Gretty Myers, Secretary:

Gretty Myers is the Stephen Ministry Coordinator at Westlake United Methodist Church where since 1996 she has managed the selection, training and ongoing supervision of lay ministers who provide one-on-one care for people in the community. Ms. Myers is also a Board Member of West Side Community House in Cleveland, Ohio which is a non-profit social service agency. Gretty brings many of the CLF Foundation activities to the larger community in her volunteer work. She also volunteers weekly in our program and is a certified TimeSlips Facilitator. TimeSlips is a story-telling process.

Maureen R. Shannon:

Maureen is a Provider Relations Manager for Hospice of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio. Born and raised in Lorain, Ohio, Maureen lived in Scottsdale, Arizona for 14 years. She has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Lorain County Free Clinic, where she specifically supported their fundraising activities. She was on the Board of Directors of the Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary, where her focus was Community Service. She is a supporter of non-profit organizations, including Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Rev. Katie Norris, M.Div., Founder

Rev. Katie is a Unitarian Universalist Community Minister. She is the Co-founder of the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health and a consultant for Brush Development, which specializes in dementia care. Rev. Katie was the first person in the U.S. to earn the AMI Practitioner Certificate in Montessori for Aging and Dementia. Through Brush Development, Rev. Katie helps train new AMI Practitioners in Montessori based dementia care. She is the primary author of Creative Connections in Dementia Care®: Engaging Activities to Enhance Communication, which uses art and Montessori principles to help individuals with dementia communicate. Rev. Katie is also has a CrossFit Level 1 Certificate and she is a coach at CrossFit Hale in Richmond, CA. She is the Head Coach for the CrossFit Hale Teens Program. She has received certification to facilitate Opening Minds Through Art (OMA). Rev. Katie is a Content or Contributing writer to other sites as well, such as The Body is Not an Apology, The Mighty, and Stigmama. She has been featured in Bipolar Hope Magazine. She served on the board of directors of Kendal at Home and is currently the Board Chair at Montessori Family School in El Cerrito, CA.
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